Kids Digital Cameras
Kids Digital Cameras - A Toy or not?
If you want to buy your child a toy camera to play with, look for kids digital cameras. If you want a camera for your child to take photographs that will look half decent and encourage the child to continue taking photographs, rather consider a basic digital camera, either new or second hand, depending on the age of your child. While some parents swear by kids digital cameras, many more berate them and say they are a total waste of money. "Appalling" is a word that is commonly used to describe them.
While the digital cameras designed for children are a step above specially made-for-children computers and cell phones, they really aren't much more than expensive toys. The argument in favour of designs like the Fisher Price Kid-Tough range are that they literally bounce if they are dropped onto concrete or other similarly hard surfaces. Another argument is that they don't have many moving parts, which is what supposedly makes them suitable for children. So what you get is a toy that can produce a picture. So what?
Technology is changing so rapidly that you can pick up a good, second hand point and shoot camera for next to nothing. So why not give children the opportunity to learn using the real thing? You could also look for an amateur entry-level, basic model. There is a huge choice, many of which are capable of producing really good high resolution prints.
The beauty is that unlike old-fashioned point and shoot models, for example Kodak's famous mid-20th century Instamatic, you don't need any film to take photographs. You don't even have to print out the shots your child takes. This means that once you have bought a camera, your expenditure is minimal. But if your child has natural photographic talents, you can encourage his or her creativity.
Another advantage is that you can use a real camera to instil values, like caring for equipment, and acting responsibly. But before you decide which route to take, do yourself a favour and have a look at some of the blogs that discuss kids digital cameras.